Pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) advises all pregnant women to get vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine, that is to say either the BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. In the United States, more than 130,000 pregnant women have now received an mRNA vaccine and there have been no reports of serious side effects.

When during pregnancy to get vaccinated

You can safely get vaccinated against COVID‑19 at any time during your pregnancy. There is no indication that getting vaccinated during the first trimester can lead to complications. If you prefer you can wait until after the first trimester to get vaccinated. However, you are advised not to wait until the end of your pregnancy; people who get COVID‑19 in late pregnancy are at greater risk of experiencing complications.

Time between vaccination against COVID-19 and other vaccinations

As a general rule, you should wait at least 14 days before or after getting vaccinated against COVID‑19 to get vaccinated for anything else. This includes the whooping cough vaccination.  

Getting vaccinated against COVID‑19 does not have any bearing on when you should get an injection of anti‑D immunoglobulin to prevent rhesus disease. Theoretically, you could get both on the same day.

Keep this is mind when you go to get vaccinated against COVID‑19.

Indicate you’re pregnant when making your appointment

When you make an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID‑19 you’ll be asked whether you are pregnant. This is also a question on the health declaration form you’re asked to fill in at home and bring to your appointment. If you get vaccinated at a walk-in centre (Prikkenzonderafspraak.nl), you can complete the form on site.

COVID-19 vaccination not harmful to your unborn child

There is currently no indication that getting vaccinated against COVID‑19 may be harmful to you or your unborn child. Newborn babies are protected against infectious diseases by the antibodies they get from their mother through the placenta. This also appears to be the case with the COVID‑19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination and fertility

The vaccine does not affect the fertility of either women or men. Nor does it have an impact on the development of the placenta. This is according to toxicity studies carried out by the vaccine manufacturers. Furthermore, according to the Netherlands Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG) and RIVM, vaccination against COVID‑19 is possible when undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

COVID-19 vaccination and breastfeeding

You can breastfeed if you’ve been vaccinated. According to RIVM, there is no indication that the vaccine enters a woman’s breast milk or that it can be passed on to a child through breastfeeding.

Participate in study collecting information about COVID-19 vaccination

If you are pregnant and have been vaccinated against COVID‑19 you can participate in the Moeders van morgen study about the impact of vaccines and medicines on mothers and their children.